Post # 1
Hi all! I am 5’1″ without heels and plan on wearing 3 or 4 inch heels with my wedding dress. Even with the heels, I appear short in the wedding dresses that I’ve tried on. Do any bees have advice as to particular dresses that might help me look taller in wedding photos? This one ball gown that I particularly liked seemed to make me especially short so I am also exploring “modified a-lines” and “fit-and-flare” styles. Any advice for this slim but short bride would be great! Thank you!
Post # 3
Perhaps a mermaid – something that’s fitted pretty low and flairs out. I’m about your height and I’m going for a tea length dress – I’m hoping it’ll help to avoid the “drowning in fabric” look – but mostly I just love the style! I think with heels you’ll be fine – just be sure to try on lots of styles cos you never know what’s going to look fantastic!
Post # 4
I’m in the same boat. My dress is 2 layers–mermaid cut inside and A-line outside with lace. I felt like I was overwhelmed by everything ball-gown I tried on. Also, I tried to avoid horizontal lines of any kind to break up the line of my body. The lace pattern on my dress is vertical so I think that helps too.
Post # 5
i’m 5’1″ as well and I found that as much as I like ballgown style dresses, they are just too much fabric for my frame (think 1980s strawberry shortcake doll, where the doll looks like its wearing/standing in a cupcake). I ended up with an A-line, but I tried some fit and flare styles as well that also looked good.
Post # 6
I’m also short (5’3″) and I ended up getting a A line w/a drop waist. It makes me look a lot taller and skinny!
Post # 7
I’m 5″2 and going for mermaid =)
Post # 8
Try to go for something that’s more form fitting, like a trumpet or mermaid style. A ballgown can be a little too overwhelming with so much fabric!
Post # 9
Make sure your shoulders are back (but relaxed) and your spine is straightened. Good posture goes a long way in making you look taller!
I should know, haha, I’m an inch shorter than you. 😉
Post # 10
I’m 5’2″ and am wearing an A-line dress. It has a small belt at my natural waist line, so it helps to give length to the bottom of the dress.
Post # 11
I’m 5’0 and wearing a 2.5 inch heel. I chose a mermaid gown.
Post # 12
i’m 5′ and will be wearing 4.5″ heels. I liked the way trumpet/fit and flare dresses looked on me best. i felt like i actually looked longer.
Post # 13
I totally agree with the recommendations for a trumpet/mermaid dress. I’m 5’2″ and I felt like those dresses looked best on me. Also, I would suggest keeping the dress simple, without too much beading, etc. on it. I think the “cleaner” looking the dress the taller it will make you look.
I plan on wearing 3 to 4 inch heels to help in the height department also. 🙂
Post # 14
I think I might be the shortest here at 4’11. I loved the mermaid dresses, but I felt that with alterations, a significant portion of the flare would be cut off, making it look different than expected. My dress has a fitted bodice, which I think is a more flattering/lengthening fit than a ballroom style. I believe that trumpet gowns would have a more fitted bodice.
Also, I would suggest checking out designers that do a hallow to hem measurement so that the dress is custom fit to your exact height. Casablanca does this (no extra charge!)
Post # 15
5’3″ and going with a fit and flare style.
Post # 16
I’m 5’0″ and I went with an A-line. I don’t think it makes me look any shorter than I usually look. I just tried on every style in the salon and that was the best way for me to see what looked best on me.